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2020-21 English Premier League
  • Kyle Bartley (11')

Chaos as Brighton have goal disallowed, miss two pens in defeat to West Brom

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Brighton manager comments on Lee Mason's decisions (0:42)

Graham Potter addresses the referee's handling of a controversial goal decision in Brighton's loss to West Brom. (0:42)

West Bromwich Albion secured a 1-0 home Premier League victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday as the visitors missed two penalties and were controversially denied a goal by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

West Brom began brightly and were rewarded for their pressure in the 11th minute when skipper Kyle Bartley rose above the Brighton defence to head Conor Gallagher's cross in from close range.

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Brighton spurned the opportunity to equalise minutes later when midfielder Pascal Gross's penalty cannoned off the crossbar after VAR adjudged that Okay Yokuslu had handled the ball in the West Brom box.

Lewis Dunk found the net with a quick free kick that caught West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone off guard, but after a long delay in which referee Lee Mason disallowed and then allowed the goal, the Brighton skipper's effort was chalked off by the VAR.

The league later confirmed that the decision to award Brighton the goal was overturned as the referee's whistle had been blown a second time before the ball had crossed the line.

"The referee blew his whistle he said to speak to someone in the wall, there was a bit of pushing," Bartley told Sky Sports.

"There was a bit of confusion but Lee Mason dealt with it well and came to the right conclusion. It was confusing, I don't think it would have been right for them to score like that.

"We need to win games, whoever it is, we need to put points on the board."

Gross won a late penalty when Conor Townsend brought him down but substitute Danny Welbeck's effort hit the post to complete a frustrating day for Brighton.

Victory left 19th-placed West Brom with 17 points from 26 games, five points below fellow relegation contenders Fulham who visit Crystal Palace on Sunday. Brighton are 16th with 26 points.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 32 +44 74
2 Manchester United 31 +27 63
3 Leicester City 31 +18 56
4 West Ham United 31 +12 55
5 Chelsea 31 +19 54
6 Liverpool 31 +16 52
7 Tottenham Hotspur 31 +17 49
8 Everton 30 +3 48
9 Arsenal 31 +8 45
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
11 Aston Villa 30 +10 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 -10 38
13 Crystal Palace 31 -19 38
14 Southampton 31 -17 36
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 -5 33
16 Burnley 31 -17 33
17 Newcastle United 31 -19 32
18 Fulham 32 -18 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 -31 24
20 Sheffield United 31 -38 14